One thing that you’ll notice when you first start mountain biking is that almost everyone has some advice for you. From equipment to trails to technique, this advice is meant to help you speed up your learning curve and provide you with some direction to help you on your path to improvement.
And while a lot of this advice is really valuable, there are some things that we tell new riders that simply aren’t true. Worse yet, some of these things can actually hold riders back in their development and actually ruin their long term development.
I know this because I’ve experienced it and seen it many times. As a mountain biker since 2000 and a mountain bike coach since 2005, I’ve read these things in magazines and on websites, heard them over the bike shop counter and been told them at trailheads.
I also used to believe all of these things myself and followed them when I first started riding. It was through a lot of firsthand experience that I came to realize that some of the things I had been told weren’t true and were actually holding me back on the trail.
Helping riders avoid and correct these mistakes has become one of my top priorities as a mountain bike coach. Seeing the negative impact these things can have on a new rider and the long term impact they can have on veteran riders has motivated me to help educate riders about these myths and provide them with the information they need to make smarter riding and training decisions.
With that in mind, I wrote a new article going over these 3 tips and what we should be telling riders instead. You’ll find it posted on the new Shoulders of Giants website, which is a great new resource for learning about how to get into or improve on a wide range of outdoor and fitness related activities.
Like I said before, I believed and followed each of these things when I started riding. And the result wasn’t what I wanted. It was only after I started to dig into things a little deeper that I realize that this well-meaning advice I had been given was actually my problem.
When I started to apply the advice I’ve shared in this article with you first to my own riding and then later to my client’s I saw major breakthroughs where it matters the most…on the trail. If you still struggle to ride with more speed, endurance and confidence then maybe applying this advice to your riding can help you as well.
Until next time…
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